The widespread and systematic use of medical negligence as an instrument of punishment is an ongoing trend in Bahrain. The government’s crackdown on Bahraini political prisoners first became apparent during Bahrain’s mass pro-democracy protests in 2011. Indeed, as of 22 November 2011, the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights reported that, 500 prisoners of conscience were
At the age of 56, Fawziya Mashallah Haji is currently being detained in Bahrain’s main women’s prison in Isa Town, making her the oldest female political prisoner in Bahrain. She has and continues to suffer from ill treatment in prison, including the denial of medical care by Bahraini prison authorities. On 15 December 2017, a
Hassan Mushaima – a leading Bahraini opposition figure, secretary-general of the Haq Movement, and co-founder of the Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society – is being prevented from accessing healthcare in line with international law by Bahraini authorities. Mushaima, 70 years old, was sentenced to life in prison for his pro-democracy activism in 2011. The opposition leader’s
A recently published report examines the ways in which domestic legal frameworks are negatively affecting medical impartiality around the world. Under the auspices of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the enjoyment of the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, researchers at the University of Essex and John’s Hopkins University
On 15 January 2018, Bahrain’s highest court upheld a two-year prison sentence against human rights defender Nabeel Rajab for comments he made in media interviews. His health has steadily worsened since his detention began in June 2016. After undergoing surgery for bleeding ulcers on 5 April 2017, Nabeel was returned to Jau Prison where he developed a
On 9 July 2018, Bahrain’s most prominent Shia Muslim religious cleric and spiritual leader of the biggest opposition society, Al-Wefaq, Sheikh Isa Qassim, left Bahrain for the United Kingdom to receive specialized medical treatment based on doctors’ advice. Due to his denaturalization, the Sheikh had to travel using a temporary passport valid for one year
The dismissal of experienced doctors for providing medical care to injured protestors in the wake of the 2011 popular uprisings in Bahrain, coupled with the hiring of foreign medics and poor hospital management, are contributing to a low standard of health at Al-Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC), the country’s largest public hospital. The government of Bahrain
7 March 2016 — Defenders for Medical Impartiality (DMI) and the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR) are pleased to announce the publishing of Doctors in Distress: Systematic violations of Medical Impartiality — a report on the widespread and systematic violations of medical impartiality in countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.